Carolina (Catapano) Petit, 64, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 5, 2019 with Kenneth Petit, her beloved husband of 23 years at her side. Daughter to Orlando Catapano and Mercedes Ryan, she was born at Mercy Hospital on LI and raised in Westbury, NY. Carolina graduated from Westbury High School and got her BA from Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). Her analytical mind and sharp attention to details were put to good use in her many years doing bookkeeping and accounting in a variety of industries. For the past 12 years, Carolina and her husband have run A+ Microscope Service - a service to clean, repair and refurbish microscopes for school districts and universities in the tri-state area. They have lived in Monson, MA since 1999.
Carolina was full of life and loved to laugh. She enjoyed jazz concerts, dancing and sports. Her creativity was expressed in many forms - artwork, cooking and, especially, in her gardens. She was a long time member of the Monson Garden Club. Carolina created beautiful vistas that made their home a sanctuary for birds, bees and butterflies, and a tranquil oasis for all of us.
Carolina could be counted on for good advice and a joke or bad pun to cheer you up when you were down. She didn’t suffer fools lightly, but was polite enough not to let it show. As a friend, sister and spouse, Carolina was kind, generous, fiercely loyal, protective and so much fun to be with. She was diagnosed with Erdheim-Chester Disease, an extremely rare form of blood cancer ten years ago and refused to allow the illness to define her. Carolina’s optimism, patience and perseverance carried her through many trials and tribulations. She was buoyed during all of it by her husband Ken’s limitless love and support. Carolina taught us all what it means to live life with courage, strength and grace and we are much the better for it.
Carolina was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Orlando Catapano Jr. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Petit, and her siblings Mercedes Freed, Kathleen Eckett, Patricia Calhoun and Michael Catapano. She was a cherished aunt to her nephews and nieces. Carolina’s laughter, thoughtfulness and loving nature will be sorely missed by all who were blessed to know her.
As per her wishes, she is being cremated. At a future date a celebration of her life will take place with family and close friends. Donations in Carolina’s memory can be made to the Erdheim-Chester Disease Global Alliance (ECD Global Alliance, P.O. Box 775, DeRidder, LA, 70634, USA or www.erdheim-chester.org).